During the long combat against the cold and wet week right here. Another noodle soup would be a great help.
To be honest, this is only a put-together dish as nothing else is made from scratch. A quick suggestion for you out there still fighting against cold and depressing weather or simply for a comfort dish.
Ingredients (Serve 2)
- 1 box of mushrooms (~200 g)
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 1 pack of beef balls (Asia Market – €3.50 for a pack)
- 150 g of rice noodles
(I bought these from Asian market. Boil them in salted water until the rice noodles turn opaque. Add in a few drops of oil to prevent the noodles from sticking to each other. Quench them and leave aside.)
- 1 cup of chicken/beef stock/bouillon & 300 ml of water
- 1 tbsp of soy sauce
- Condiment of chilli oil*
If you prefer a healthier stock without any MSG (Monosodium Glutamate). Sister N uses 2 stalks of celery, 1 big onion, 1 stick of carrot, 1 clove of garlic, 2 tomatoes, salt and pepper to draw out the veg’s essence for her stock. This stock would take about 40 mins of preparation time.
*Chilli Oil Making
You could buy dried chilli flakes from local Asian supermarket or normal supermarket. Have a small porcelain bowl filled with dried chilli flakes, sprinkle salt and garlic granules into it. Leave aside.
Now, heat up 150/200ml (for 2-3persons) of veg oil in a pan until it smokes. Off the heat. Pour the hot oil into the bowl of chilli flakes. The chilli flakes will be fried up in the hot oil and the nice chilli fragrance would be released. Have it with your noodle soup to give the dish a kick.
- First, saute the garlic and shallots until fragrant. Then, toss in chopped button mushrooms to brown.
- Drop in a dash of soya sauce for fragrance, then pour in the stock liquid and water.
- Lastly, add in the beef balls cut in halves or as a whole.
- Bring the soup to a boiling point, then simmer through for further 5 minutes or until the beef balls float to the surface (an indication of being cooked).
- Now, add the soaked rice noodles into the pot to stir through. Dish it up equally between two deep plates.
- Garnish with chopped coriander leaves for extra bite.
Drizzle in a bit of homemade chilli oil to add some heat, and you’re guaranteed to warm up through another winter evening. Enjoy!